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Seniors and Urinary Incontinence – Sudbury

Urinary Incontinence can be a cause of stress and unease for seniors. Whether it be as a result of a small, everyday issue or as a symptom of a larger health concern, addressing problems related to Urinary Incontinence is important for seniors’ overall health and wellbeing. Types of Urinary Incontinence Urinary Incontinence is, in essence, an inability to hold urine in the bladder as a result of having less control. Urinary Incontinence can impact seniors lives in different ways depending on how it manifests: Functional Incontinence: This form of Urinary Incontinence is less about an inability to control the bladder and more about mobility issues or other hurdles that seniors may face. Functional Incontinence is the term used to describe situations in which seniors have normal bladder control but may be unable to get themselves to the washroom in time as a result of mobility issues or other similar obstacles. Overflow Incontinence: When small amounts of urine leaks from the bladder because it is constantly full of urine. Overflow Incontinence often impacts men who have an enlarged prostate, and can also come along with conditions such as Diabetes. Stress Incontinence: Cases in which leaks are caused by stress or pressure being put upon the bladder are referred to as Stress Incontinence. This can happen with certain movements, coughing, laughing, exercise, or exertion that impacts the bladder. Urge Incontinence: Some seniors may find themselves suddenly struck, seemingly out of the blue, with a strong urge to urinate and they are unable to reach the washroom on time. Urge Incontinence can be a symptom of health problems such as Diabetes, MS,...

Hypertension in Seniors-Sudbury

It is a well-known fact that living a healthy lifestyle can help to reduce a person’s risk of developing High Blood Pressure, but the reality of the situation is that a great majority of people do not feel the sense of urgency or profound importance of making healthy lifestyle choices until they themselves begin to encounter the symptoms of Hypertension, at which point it is less a matter or prevention and more a matter of learning how best to deal with the already present concerns that Hypertension can create for health. For seniors facing the problems associated with Hypertension, the fact that High Blood Pressure effects numerous processes within the body means that the overarching state of health and wellbeing that seniors experience can be made vulnerable in significant ways. It is, therefore, important to create a better understanding and awareness of the potential implications of Hypertension, and to make healthy lifestyle choices that can help to reduce risk or minimize the severity of the impact that High Blood Pressure has upon seniors’ wellbeing.

Dealing with Joint Pain in the Cold-Weather Months – Sudbury

When the weather is cold, everything feels a little different than it does when the sun is blazing and the air is warm. When it comes to joints, many people who experience pain in these areas report that they notice a meaningful difference when the weather is colder. Whether it be because of differences in air pressure that take place in the cold-weather months, or whether it is the chill in the air itself that causes a change, fall and winter can be more challenging times for seniors’ joint pain.

Identifying and Tending to Stress in Seniors – Sudbury

Along with the normal stresses of life that carry through to older age, seniors also face hardships related to health concerns, loss of friends, family, or social circles, reduced levels of independence, and other aspects of older age that can cause intense feelings of stress. In an attempt to help seniors care for both their physical and mental health, it is important that loved-ones and caregivers acknowledge the stress that seniors may be facing, as well as the negative impacts that can result if feelings of stress go unaddressed.

A New Sense of Purpose in Older Age – Sudbury

Growing older can be a wonderful and enriching experience, but can also be challenging emotionally for seniors who feel directionless or unsure of what is next in their lives. The huge life shifts that come along with ageing and retirement can leave seniors feeling as though they have lost their sense of purpose, or the guiding roles and responsibilities that brought meaning to their every day lives. With families grown and out on their own, careers brought to an end, the passing of friends and family members, and a whole bunch of other changes, seniors might feel as though they have lost their sense of motivation and purpose. These feelings can significantly impact the ways in which seniors live, as well as the overall state of their health. Addressing seniors’ perceptions and feelings about their own value, meaning, and purpose by creating enjoyable opportunities for exploration, expression, socialization, and productivity can have a meaningful impact upon how they experience their new stage of life. Why Purpose is Important Research has shown that maintaining a sense of purpose and meaning is crucial for both mental and physical health, especially in older age. A sense of purpose and the feelings that accompany it are believed to: Release Beneficial Hormones Reduce Stress Prevent or Minimize Depression Protect Cognitive Reserve Feelings of value and purpose have also been shown to better motivate seniors to maintain a sense of agency regarding their health and to seek out preventative health services, such as tests for various conditions and diseases that can identify and address problems early.  Shifting Perspectives For many seniors, the fact that the...

How Assistance Dogs Can Help Seniors – Sudbury

Assistance Dogs can be valuable companions and helpers for seniors who are facing the diverse challenges that can come with growing older. Just the companionship and connectedness that an animal offers can be deeply valuable for seniors’ mental health, but Assistance Dogs can also help some seniors to perform tasks and can also work to keep them safer and more at ease at home and out in the world. In exploring the many different roles that Assistance Dogs can fill in seniors’ lives on top of just being a friend and companion, we can see that Assistance Dogs have a lot to offer seniors as they continue to grow older.

What to do with the Winter Blues? – Sudbury

With the onset of the cooler weather, it is time to begin thinking about the actions that needs to be taken to attend to seniors’ health in the fall and winter. Managing all of the factors that come with the colder weather can be challenging for all of us, but can be especially difficult for seniors. Making sure that seniors remain safe and comfortable within their homes through the fall and winter seasons requires that attention be payed to some important factors. As cold weather and shorter days set in, we are forced to deal with the many things that come along with cold weather seasons. We ensure that we, and our loved ones, have appropriate clothing and comforts available to combat and manage the colder temperatures, both within the home and outside, and we make appropriate upkeep and safety arrangements to deal with rain, snow, and ice. It is important also, however, to make sure that we recognize and direct attention to the impacts that these colder and darker seasons can have upon mental health and wellbeing of our senior loved ones. Seasonal Affective Disorder Seasonal Affective Disorder, often referred to as “SAD”, is a mood disorder that cycles with the seasons. It is a form of depression that is related strongly to seasonal changes in light, and affects most people in the late fall and winter when days are shorter and sunlight is limited. It is speculated that the shorter days disrupt our bodies’ circadian rhythms, as well as change levels of serotonin and melatonin. Symptoms of SAD can often begin to manifest in late autumn and...

Discussing Mental Health with Seniors – Sudbury

While the subject may feel a little challenging to broach at first, making sure seniors feel able and willing to talk about any struggles they may be having with their Mental Health is important. When combined with all the other cognitive and physical changes and adjustments that seniors are facing as a part of older age, mental health problems, if left unaddressed, can have a significant and meaningful impact on seniors’ lives.

The Benefits of Time Outdoors for Seniors – Sudbury

Time spent outside, especially with a sense of connectedness to nature, is something that can improve the state of both mental and physical health that seniors experience, and setting aside just a bit of time to go outdoors can be deeply valuable for seniors’ in Sudbury. The Benefits of Being Outdoors Going outside might not be the first thing that we think of when we consider health-promoting activities, but the reality is that the outdoors can provide a whole host of benefits that can help seniors as they pursue balance and wellbeing in mind, body, and soul. The following are some of the benefits that seniors can enjoy from being outside and spending time with nature: Strengthened Immune Function: Studies have suggested that being outdoors improves immune function by increasing the count of white blood-cells that fight off illnesses. Vitamin D: Without spending time outdoors in the sunlight, it can be challenging to get enough vitamin D, which is crucial for the health of the physical body and the mind. Spending some time outside with healthy exposure to natural sunlight can help to foster better mood and help protect against the development of issues with areas of the body such as the bones or heart. Social Opportunities: Taking part in outdoor activities creates more opportunities for various forms of social interaction and relationship building. Whether it be sitting out in the garden with a loved one, going for a walk with friends, or participating in an outdoor interest group or sport, there are many social activities accessible for that take place outside. Attentiveness: Taking a little break from everything...

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